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Imaging in Italy: A Photographic Walking Tour of Rome – Day 5

Friday morning we met to review everyone’s photographs; Tony had selected 50 each, and put them together in a presentation (he had spent a lot of time scanning from prints for those who had been using non-digital cameras). We gasped in delight at each other’s pictures, and, as always, learned from Tony’s comments on them. Read More…

Friday morning we met to review everyone’s photographs; Tony had selected 50 each, and put them together in a presentation (he had spent a lot of time scanning from prints for those who had been using non-digital cameras). We gasped in delight at each other’s pictures, and, as always, learned from Tony’s comments on them. In some cases, I had caught things I had not consciously seen, or that I hadn’t quite been aiming at.

My digital camera is very slow on the uptake: there’s a considerable lag between pressing the button and the shutter opening, which makes it nearly impossible to grab the right moment. In Viterbo, I had looked down at this geometry of stairs and cobblestone street and liked it, but, with nobody in it, it wasn’t all that interesting. I had turned off my camera and was sitting back enjoying the sunshine when I saw the above girl and her dog approaching across the square. They were moving fast, so it was a miracle that I caught them at all, and sheer dumb luck that I caught them at exactly the right moment.

Here’s another shot of mine that Tony liked:

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I was simply shooting an amusingly mysterious piece of graffiti, but Tony liked the composition; he says the door knocker makes this photo.
Friday afternoon, we all met in Rome’s Trastevere quarter for a snack and final discussion. On the way there, I tried to capture an amusing scene with some typical Italian males.

We wrapped up Friday night with a sumptuous farewell dinner at the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Forum. We were seated next to the piano, with a talented singer, and near a Singaporean couple celebrating their 31st anniversary. So everyone joined in a rousing chorus of “La donna é mobile,” a fitting end to Tony and Clovis’ week of shepherding around four extremely mobile women and their cameras.

Here’s one of Tony’s shots of me shooting in Viterbo. I spent a lot of time looking up.

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Imaging in Italy: A Photographic Walking Tour of Rome – Day 4.5

After a restorative coffee in Piazza Venezia, we walked past Trajan’s Column and Forum, gorgeous in the evening light. We ate (a lot!) at a nearby restaurant called Massenzio; a bit pricey, but excellent. The spaghetti with shrimp and pecorino di fossa (sheep’s milk cheese aged in caves) was amazing. And we hadporcini again. Then, Read More…

After a restorative coffee in Piazza Venezia, we walked past Trajan’s Column and Forum, gorgeous in the evening light.

We ate (a lot!) at a nearby restaurant called Massenzio; a bit pricey, but excellent. The spaghetti with shrimp and pecorino di fossa (sheep’s milk cheese aged in caves) was amazing. And we hadporcini again. Then, to aid digestion, we walked to the Fontana di Trevi (no, this is not Tony!):

Fontana di Trevi, Oct 2003

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Imaging in Italy: A Photographic Walking Tour of Rome

Oct, 2006 : Tony got a review in the Guardian I spent the week of October 12-18 in Rome,on Tony Boccaccio’s Imaging in Italy course, a wonderful, fun experience that I heartily recommend to anyone wishing to improve photography skills OR, even if you’re not an experienced photographer, if you want to do something completely Read More…

Oct, 2006 : Tony got a review in the Guardian

I spent the week of October 12-18 in Rome,on Tony Boccaccio’s Imaging in Italy course, a wonderful, fun experience that I heartily recommend to anyone wishing to improve photography skills OR, even if you’re not an experienced photographer, if you want to do something completely different in Rome – and bring home some amazing photographs of your very own.
I was supposed to arrive Sunday afternoon for an introductory session and dinner. Upon reaching Lecco station at 6:30 am, I learned that there was a railway strike, and my train to Milan was two hours late – no chance of making the connection for the Eurostar from Milan to Rome. So I rebooked for the next day, arriving Monday at noon (which required waking up at 4:30 am). Two other course participants had been held up trying to get to Rome from Venezia, so the welcome dinner Sunday was postponed to a welcome lunch on Monday.

Day 1

I got to Hotel Alessandrino just in time for the end of a morning session on Visual Thinking. Then we all picked up our cameras (mine is a Nikon Coolpix 775 digital) and walked down to Saint Peter’s. Along the way, I grabbed the above shot of a man on stairs.

Saint Peter's, Oct 13 03Piazza San Pietro was being decorated and filled with chairs for the Pope’s 25th anniversary bash. This was not a problem, as we were avoiding standing in the middle of the circle and taking postcard shots. Instead, we first walked around the colonnade, looking for different ways of seeing and showing what we saw, with Tony offering suggestions, and taking pictures of us taking pictures. I was fascinated with architecture and geometry, so there was plenty to keep me busy.

We finally got our welcome lunch, at the Antica Taverna (via Monte Giordano 12). The antipasti were excellent, and, of the three pasta dishes we tried, my favorite were the orecchiette (“little ears”) with a sauce made from sweet bell peppers.

 

When we finally staggered away from the table, I accompanied my coursemates to the Spanish Steps, the Keats museum, and on other wanderings.

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Imaging in Italy: A Photographic Walking Tour of Rome – Day 2

Our first activity Tuesday morning was a review of Monday’s (digital) photos, with expert commentary and pointers from Tony. He went on to talk about other aspects of imaging, but I confess I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should, distracted by these fuzzy little Romans: After lunch (at an excellent, old-fashionedosteria, da Alfredo Read More…

Roman cats, Oct 14, 2003

Our first activity Tuesday morning was a review of Monday’s (digital) photos, with expert commentary and pointers from Tony. He went on to talk about other aspects of imaging, but I confess I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should, distracted by these fuzzy little Romans:

After lunch (at an excellent, old-fashionedosteria, da Alfredo e Ada, via Banchi Nuovi 14) we started walking and shooting again,to Piazza Navona. This time I was looking for details:

doorknocker, Rome, Oct 2003

…but was still attracted by architecture:

Pantheon Oct 14, 2003

People were also interesting. We chased the group in the photo at the top down several streets to get them, with their little red hats, in front of the Pantheon.

In the evening we went to the Villa Borghese gardens. The plan was to view the sunset from the Belvedere, but we were so busy making photos of everything else that by the time we got there the sun was completely gone. However, we got some interesting evening views of the Piazza del Popolo below.

We walked down the hill and ate at Ristorante al Vantaggio, good food and a good red wine, something local (Lazio region) made with Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes.

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Imaging in Italy: A Photographic Walking Tour of Rome – Day 4

Tony saved the best for last: on Thursday we went to the Colosseum and Forum. There was so much to photograph that we didn’t even do the full tour; we saw the Colosseum only from the outside (I’d been inside before), then went into the Forum. Plenty of architecture here: But also details: We descended from Read More…

Tony saved the best for last: on Thursday we went to the Colosseum and Forum. There was so much to photograph that we didn’t even do the full tour; we saw the Colosseum only from the outside (I’d been inside before), then went into the Forum. Plenty of architecture here:

Rome, Oct 2003

But also details:

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We descended from the Campidoglio, with its statues of Castor and Pollux (no, I don’t know which one this is):

Campidoglio, Rome, Oct 2003

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